Shakhtar Donetsk played a perfectly… sensible game three weeks ago when they visited Manchester City, but the best they could ‘earn’ was a 2-0 defeat, losing the game, but at least not getting humiliated. Napoli are no Shakhtar, their level is way higher, but even so, their coach feels that ‘overthinking’ and ‘overplanning’ is pointless, when you’re playing against a team like City.
When you play a tactical, savvy and gifted team like Man City, who are well prepared from a physical point of view, you have to be careful not to overthink things
Maurizio Sarri told reporters ahead of Napoli’s Champions League game at Etihad.
All I am asking us is not to be fearful, to respect our opponents but not to fear them. Fear paralyses you and prevents you from doing your best
the Italian said, talking about the key to success in such a… special match.
I want to see 11 players who believe in themselves. It may be impossible but maybe we have to be a little crazy. If we do not have this crazy belief then what is the point?
Sarri paid City another compliment, comparing them to last season’s Real Madrid.
The feeling I get watching Manchester City play, I didn’t even get watching Real Madrid last year. I always felt my team could give opponents a hard time, but this time I think Man City are a formidable team
were the Italian coach’s words.